It took nearly the entire afternoon thanks to three red flags, but AJ Allmendinger won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International Sunday afternoon. Allmendinger fought door to door with Marcos Ambrose on a final restart with two laps to go, powering by the Australian road course ace on the final lap for the win.
A day that started with a great deal of sadness after Tony Stewart was involved in a sprint car crash that led to a fatality Saturday night forcing him to sit out Sunday’s race, ended with an emotional celebration for AJ Allmendinger who was suspended by NASCAR in 2012 after failing a drug test. He completed NASCAR’s Road to Recovery program later that year, and was reinstated.
Allmendinger was released by Penske Racing after the suspension, he was signed by JTG-Daugherty Racing in 2013. Sunday’s win was the first Sprint Cup win for Allmendinger and the team.
“My gosh, I can’t believe we won a NASCAR Sprint Cup race,” Allmendinger said in victory lane. MORE>>>
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